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Patrick Minford
27 July 2015
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Work is proceeding within universities on the assumption that in 2019 they will have to submit another Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. For those not totally up to speed with this...
Len Shackleton
24 July 2015
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British universities are tightly regulated. But, as often happens with regulation, bureaucratic procedures do not guarantee that things work well. They do, however, generate vested interests, tend to...
Kristian Niemietz
9 July 2015
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Hinchingbrooke hospital has had a history of ups and downs. In the 2000s, it lost control of its finances, running up debt of £40m. It also slipped in the hospital rankings of clinical outcomes...
Peter Ainsworth
3 July 2015
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Writing in The Times on Wednesday, Jo Johnson, the new Universities Minister, noted the disappointing statistic that almost half of students feel they do not get value for money from university...
Kristian Niemietz
26 June 2015
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As an undergraduate student, I spent an Erasmus semester in a small town in Spain. During a flat viewing, the landlady who showed me around pointed at the microwave in the kitchen, and said: ‘...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
17 June 2015
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If healthcare in the 20th century was characterised by the successful eradication and containment of communicable diseases – from TB and smallpox to diphtheria, poliomyelitis and influenza...
Kristian Niemietz
16 June 2015
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In the UK, people who support a pluralistic, competitive and consumer-driven healthcare system often believe that theirs is a lost cause. They argue that the public’s commitment to the NHS is...
Peter Ainsworth
11 June 2015
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The current system of financing higher education is stuck in a rut. It does not work particularly well for anybody: A lot of students end up saddled with debt; large amounts of debt have to be...
Kristian Niemietz
5 June 2015
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In this video, Dr Kristian Niemietz explains that the ongoing debate about the future of the National Health Service is typically superficial and parochial, failing to draw on the evidence from...
Kristian Niemietz
1 June 2015
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Individual healthcare costs are generally unpredictable. We cannot know whether we will need healthcare treatment next year, what kind of treatment that would be, and what its price is. It is...
Kristian Niemietz
11 May 2015
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The Economist, 11 April 2020 With the 2020 General Election less than four weeks away, this special edition and the next two will provide some in-depth analysis of what we think this government got...
Kristian Niemietz
15 April 2015
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-“Suppose it could be proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a private for-profit healthcare provider offers better care than NHS providers in the same area. Should NHS patients have a...
Philip Booth
13 April 2015
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The Catholic Bishops’ General Election advice called on Catholics to support a “robust National Health Service on which we can all rely”. This is something of an about-turn. When...
Ryan Bourne
9 April 2015
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Another day, another story about the NHS struggling. Analysis for the Health Foundation found yesterday that improvements in hospital efficiency in recent years had been way below what was...
Jonathan Stanley
8 April 2015
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The sham debate about the spectre of ‘NHS privatisation’ has come back with such a vengeance this year, you’d be forgiven for thinking there was an election ahead. While the...
Kristian Niemietz
2 April 2015
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Nigel Crisp knows the NHS better than almost anyone. In his role as its chief executive (2000-2006), he oversaw the formulation and, partly, the implementation of transformative reforms. His book 24...
Ryan Bourne
24 February 2015
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In an age of big challenges, the general election campaign seems to be throwing up a host of small ideas. The Labour Party is currently quibbling internally over how to finance a policy of cutting...
Kristian Niemietz
23 February 2015
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Among the more reasonable supporters of the single-payer model of healthcare, a common argument is that while the NHS may not literally be the ‘envy of the world’, at least it is better...
Peter Ainsworth
26 January 2015
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Liam Byrne, shadow universities minister, was quoted in the New Statesman recently in relation to tuition fees, saying: ‘We've just got to ask ourselves, how much more debt are we going to...
Ryan Bourne
14 January 2015
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Last week, dreadful headlines and stories on A&E waiting times dominated the front pages of almost every national newspaper. If not for the sickening events in Paris the following day, the NHS...